Argument Analysis: Into Thin Air By Jon Krakauer

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Krakauer ends Into Thin Air by appealing to logos in order to develop an argument which explains the deaths of Scott Fischer, the leader of an expedition ascending Everest at the same times as the Adventure Consultant’s expedition, and Yasuko Namba, a client of Adventure Consultants. In the final chapters of the book, many of the survivors are faced with the decision. of whether or not to save their nearly dead team mates. Krakauer argues that attempting to rescue the injured survivors like Fischer and Namba, would needlessly jeopardize the lives of the other climbers. Including this argument helps Krakauer establish the motives of the surviving climbers.

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